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Hubs walk the talk vs. Warriors

February 07, 2001|By CURT HORNBECKER / Staff Correspondent

Hubs walk the talk vs. Warriors



BOONSBORO - Had Tim McNamee known that a simple lockerroom chat was all he needed to do to get his North Hagerstown boys basketball team to play to its potential, he likely would have done it long ago.

The Hubs just hadn't really needed it until recently.

After being upset by Middletown last week, and playing lethargically in the first half against Boonsboro Tuesday night, McNamee had an "old-fashioned, heart-to-heart" with his club at halftime before North trounced the Warriors 80-58 in a Monocacy Valley Athletic League game.

In a dogfight for the league lead, the No. 3 Hubs (16-2, 12-2) led by a scant point entering the second half, when they exploded for a 21-5 run sparked by a swarming defense and 11 points from Scott Rice.

Of North's 12 field goals in the third period, 11 were layups.

"It wasn't Xs and Os, it was just a matter of pride," said McNamee. "We've had about five quarters in the last two games where we didn't play up to our potential. We looked like we were tired. But we played as hard as we've played all year in the second half tonight."

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The Hubs forced nine turnovers in the third period, and held the Warriors without a field goal attempt for more than three minutes midway through the decisive third quarter.

"We were hoping to keep them under 30 points per half, and we almost did that in the first half," said Boonsboro coach Chuck Ingram. "We took our time running our offense, set good screens, and shot the ball well. But in the second half we turned the ball over too much, didn't handle the press very well, and defensively we were lazy. Their quickness really hurt us in the second half."

Matters only got worse for the Warriors (7-10, 4-10) in the fourth quarter as the North lead grew to 27 points before Adam Miller -who finished with 22 points - led Boonsboro on a 10-5 run to end the game.

"We were worried coming in here tonight," said McNamee. "Boonsboro has a dangerous club. They have some people who can score, and if you don't play good defense against them, they can beat you. That's what happened in the first half."

No. 3 North Hagerstown 80

Boonsboro 58

NORTH HAGERSTOWN (80)

Rice 19, Rodgers 2, Naylor 24, Taylor 3, Carey 2, Medley 20, Green 4, Watters 4, Reed 2, Totals 36 4-7 80.

BOONSBORO (58)

Vesely 9, Miller 22, Weddle 4, Kaetzel 8, Malott 9, Bigelow 6, Totals 22 13-16 58.

North15172523-80

Boonsboro1615918-58

Three-point goals - North 4 (Rice 2, Taylor, Medley). Boonsboro 1 (Vesely).

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